Silver Platter Awards
Date: March 1, 2012
Announcing the Silver Platter Award Winners for March 2012
Silver Night for SSATBB by Melinda Bargreen http://choralnet.org/paint/307359/Silver+Night.mp3
O Magnum Mysterium for SSAA by Kurt P Erickson http://choralnet.org/paint/307719/O+Magnum+Mysterium.mp3
Please right-click or control-click on the links above and listen while you read this post.
I would like being recognized for the Silver Platter Award to mean something. To do that, pieces selected for the Silver Platter Award will receive an editor's note after the More Links data field showing that they were selected. This will add one more search parameter or keyword for people to find our best works. For this to have meaning I cannot recognize every piece. No more than 1/4 of the pieces in the showcase will receive the Silver Platter Award. At present that means 21 pieces total. At a rate of 3 or 4 pieces each month, if we received no more submissions the awards would stop after 6 or 7 months. I have listened to every piece that has been uploaded. If you find a piece by someone else in the showcase that really speaks to you, feel free to bring it to my attention in an email and tell me what you like about it or how it could be best used. I will give any suggestions another listen.
There is only one criterion I will use, though it has many facets: How marketable is this piece? This includes how likely the piece is to be performed (a piece that requires an Ondes Martenot is not going to rank high on my list), is the text expertly set (matters of prosody, text painting, vowel interactions etc.), does the piece move me on an emotional or intellectual level and lastly and least; is there a decent recording. Don't make a big deal about the last one but an exceptional recording may tip my hand toward selecting a piece.
Perhaps some of you are at the point in your career where receiving a paper certificate of recognition is meaningless but others have pointed out what a lonely profession composing is. A pat on the back can help us through some of the harder times and writer's block. In addition to the editor's entry on the display pages the winners will receive a paper certificate to hang wherever it is they do their composing. I hope it will be a reminder of past success and lead to future triumph.
I don't think it would hurt anything if members would listen to the selected pieces and give positive critique and accolade to the composers. I am working on getting ChoralNet to create a "like" button of some kind so that we could approve of what someone writes without sending out emails to those who still get their ChoralNet subscriptions that way, but until then, please don't sit on your hands.
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